If the US men look dominant in the 100m, the Jamaican women appear downright invincible for this year’s Oregon22 World Athletics Championships.
Hayward Field could easily see a repeat of last year’s Tokyo Olympic Games, where Thompson-Herah, Fraser-Pryce and Jackson finished 1-2-3. Only the order could be different this time as all three have shown the form to take the top spot.
Many experts scoffed when Fred Kerley decided last year to drop down from the 400m to the 100m. No one is doubting him now.
The tall, powerfully-built US athlete goes into the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 as the man to beat in the 100m as he chases his first individual gold on the global stage.
Kerley had already built an impressive resume in the 400m: two-time national champion, bronze medallist at the 2009 Doha World Championships and world gold and silver medallist in the 4x400m relay.
After switching to the short sprints at the start of 2021, Kerley justified the move by winning the silver medal in the 100m at the Tokyo Olympics in 9.84.